Really Delicious Granola

I love this granola as a snack, on yogurt or with milk eaten like cereal; it’s simple and very delicious. The recipe comes from a long long ago issue of Better Homes and Gardens magazine.

4 cups old-fashioned oats
1 1/2 cups slivered almonds (I usually use the toasted slivered almonds from Trader Joe’s)
1/2 cup light brown sugar
1/4 t salt
1/2 t cinnamon
1/4 cup vegetable oil or canola oil (although, it has just occurred to me that almond oil might be yummy)
1/4 cup honey
1 t vanilla
1 1/2 cups dried tart cherries (I love the ones from Costco- Montmorency dried cherries)

Preheat oven to 350ยบ.  In a large bowl mix oats, nuts, brown sugar, salt and cinnamon. In a small saucepan warm the oil and honey until the honey is melted into the oil- a little tip: pour the oil in the measuring glass first and then add the honey so that it will all pour out easily together; add the vanilla and stir. Pour the liquid over the oat mixture and stir until well-coated. Spread the granola onto a large 15X17 rimmed baking sheet and bake for 40 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes. In the last 10 minutes of baking, add the cherries- they will plump up nicely in that time without burning. Let the granola cool on the sheet and then transfer to an airtight container.

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